National Seashore Announces Schedule of Public Meetings on ORV Plan
Today Superintendent Mike Murray announced the following public meeting schedule to provide opportunities for public comment on the draft environmental impact statement/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The Plan/EIS will guide the management of ORV use at America’s first national seashore for the next 10 to 15 years. Concurrent with the development of the Plan/EIS, the National Park Service (NPS) is also developing an ORV regulation for the Seashore.
The public meetings for the Draft EIS/Plan will be held at five locations as described below. The meetings will follow a hearing-style format, which includes a brief presentation, with time allotted for public comments. Court reporters will record the public comments. Copies of the DEIS will be available at each meeting.
Ocracoke, North Carolina
Buxton, North Carolina
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
“I greatly appreciate the level of interest in the ORV management issue and encourage the public’s continued involvement as we proceed with development of the ORV management plan.” More information about the ORV management planning is available and posted on the park planning website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha.
For the latest ORV Planning Newsletter, including information about the ORV planning process, the alternatives considered in the plan, and the meeting times and locations, click here. (Downloads Adobe PDF file)
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.